Childproof Outlets | Electricians in Huntsville, AL
Annually, approximately 2,400 children under the age of 10, receive treatment in hospitals for shocks and burns due to electrical outlets. The majority of these injuries are the due to small children placing common household objects such as bobby pins, paper clips and other objects into the outlets with harmful consequences. Fortunately, there is now a reliable solution for providing childproof outlets in your home with tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the professional installation of childproof tamper proof receptacles in your home, helping to keep your little ones safe.
While supervision is the most effective means of preventing injuries, not even the most watchful parents can keep children completely out of harm’s way every second of the day. It only takes a moment for a small child to be injured, and this is why parents choose to childproof their homes.
Electrical outlets and receptacles present a constant and real danger in almost every room of your home wherever young children are present. Tamper resistant receptacles’ (TRR) provide a safer, affordable, and permanent solution to help prevent shock and burn injuries caused by small children tampering with wall outlets. Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you need to protect your little ones from the risk of shock due to outlets.
TRRs are similar in appearance to standard wall outlets. They are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the receptacle openings or slots until a plug is properly inserted.
How They Work
When a plug is inserted with equal pressure applied to both sides at the same time, the receptacle cover plates open, allowing a standard plug to be inserted. Without the application of simultaneous pressure, the cover plates remain closed, preventing the insertion of objects.
In recognition of the effectiveness of TRRs the National Electrical Code (NEC) began requiring the installation of TRRs in all new home construction in 2011. In pediatric care facilities, tamper resistant receptacles have been required for over 20 years.
TRR’s are installed with the same installation guidelines used with standard receptacles and should only be installed by licensed, qualified electricians in Huntsville, AL.
Additional tips for electrical safety in homes with young children include:
- Replace appliances, large or small, extension cords and other electrical equipment with old, frayed, or damaged cords.
- Bind excess cord on lamps or other electrical equipment with a zip tie to prevent injury and dangerous chewing on cords. You can purchase sleeves, holders and other devices that store excess cords, hiding them, and in some cases enabling them to be secured to walls out of the way, helping to prevent young children from pulling equipment and lamps down on them.
- Place television and stereo equipment against the wall so young children are unable to access the area behind the appliance or cords. When this isn’t possible Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can organize and contain the jungle of wires typically surrounding TVs and their connecting components into sleeves fastened to a wall, keeping cords away from curious hands and mouths, as well providing the area behind it neatly organized.
- Carefully inspect all holiday lighting for exposed or broken wiring or bulbs. Bind excess cord and unplug when not in use.
- Routinely inspect electronic toys for wear, malfunctions and ensure all screws are tight that prevent little hands from accessing the batteries.
- Select sleepwear that is labeled flame retardant.
- Place a screen around fireplaces, radiators, electric baseboard heaters and wood-burning stoves.
- Never leave an unconnected appliance cord plugged in, such as a camera or cell phone charger. Small children may put the end of the cord in their mouths.
- Keep drinks away from TVs, DVD players, stereos, computers, game consoles, heaters and anything else electrical.
- Limit the number of appliances plugged into a receptacle. An overloaded circuit is a fire hazard. If your home requires additional outlets give our electricians in Huntsville, AL a call to schedule installation of additional outlets.
- Don’t leave lamp sockets empty, replace the bulb, or leave the burned out bulb in the socket until you do.
- All electrical outlets that are near a water source such as a sink, should be a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet. GFCIs have a built-in circuit breaker, when a problem occurs the fuse is tripped and electricity is essentially shut off to the receptacle.
- Don’t use a nightlight within reach of your child. Nightlights located in a small child’s room can pose a temptation that can result in shock, and a potential fire if located near the bed or curtains.
Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL offer full electrical services including electrical repair service. If you would like to upgrade your home with childproof outlets, our licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL will provide the professional installation you need for childproof tamper resistant receptacles. Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians service Huntsville, Decatur, Guntersville and the surrounding areas.